April 13 — VERONA — A Verona A police officer has been fired after being charged with drunk driving for the second time.
The College of Aldermen of Verona elected fireman jonathan boyd at a special meeting convened on Tuesday evening. Verona Police Chief Marsenio Nunn called the meeting and recommended firing Boyd after serving the city for 18 months. The council accepted, voting unanimously.
Boyd, 32, from Saltillowas arrested Friday evening and charged with driving under the influence of the second offense, leaving the scene of an accident, driving with a suspended license, an expired driver’s license and no proof of insurance – while carrying his Verona Police Department uniform.
Boyd was driving a Verona patrol car since at least last summer with an expired license. The more serious allegation of driving with a suspended license due to a October 2020 DUI was questioned by both Nunn and Boyd’s attorney.
“His license was suspended but I don’t know why,” Nunn said.
Last summer, Boyd did not contest the first DUI charge in Lee County Courthouse and immediately appealed the case Lee County Court. This call must be heard by Lee County Court Judge James Moore on June 15.
A guilty plea results in an automatic license suspension. But since the case was appealed, any sanction should have been suspended until the end of the appeal process. The court may have sent the guilty plea to the state but forgot to notify them of the appeal.
Boyd’s issues with drink-driving were only revealed to the public after he wiped another car on the side Highway 45 Friday night. He and the other driver agreed to go to a nearby convenience store to exchange information. When Boyd didn’t, the other driver called 911.
Because it was a policeman who was not on duty but in uniform, Saltillo the police asked the Mississippi Highway Patrol take charge of the file as an external agency.
The first DUI charge was the result of a one-car accident on October 1, 2020inside of Saltillo city limits. At the time of the sinking, Boyd was employed by the Saltillo Police Department and drive their personal vehicle.
Four days after that sinking, Boyd ended his six-year tenure with the Saltillo department by resigning October 5, 2020.
Boyd was hired by the Verona Police Department shortly after his departure Saltillo. At that time, Boyd passed a background check which showed that his driver’s license was valid and that no drunk driving conviction charges were pending on his record, Nunn said.
Once an agent is hired, there’s usually no reason to go back and do a second background check.
“I understand the public concern about this, and I can only take responsibility for the Verona Police DepartmentNunn said. “I will sit down and review our policy and make any necessary changes that may help prevent an incident like this from happening again in the future.”
Nunn added that police officers are bound by the same laws as citizens.
“As law enforcement officers, we are no different from anyone else and should be held accountable to the same law as anyone else,” he said.
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